Yearly Archive: 2014

Fifteen things in 2015

Fifteen things that could happen in 2015

The outlook for 2015 for the UK DIY investor: US, China, Japan, rate rises, deflation, oil, bonds, Grexit, UK election, UK taxes, UK housing, P2P

10 things that happened in 2014

10 things that happened in 2014

I had planned to write about five nice things and five nasty ones, but it hasn’t been that kind of year. Instead I have chosen three nice things and seven...

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup, 23rd December 2014

We start today’s weekly roundup with more pensions reviews. IPB pensions review Josephine Cumbo in the FT reported that pensions minister Steve Webb wanted “big, bold answers” from the industry....

Weekly roundup

Weekly Roundup, 15th December 2014

We start today’s weekly roundup with Jonathan Eley’s FT column. UK savings rate Jonathan was looking at a report from the Social Market foundation, a think-tank. They note that despite...

Weekly roundup

Weekly Roundup, 10th December 2014

We begin today’s weekly roundup with a chart from the FT. Hidden fund costs The charges on active funds seem to be in the news every week at the moment....

how much is enough

How Much is Enough? (Revisited)

My first reaction when I picked up the Metro free paper last week was that we must have imported another American holiday while I wasn’t looking. I knew it wasn’t...

autumn statement

Autumn Statement 2014

Here’s my reaction to yesterday’s Autumn Statement by the Chancellor, and its impacts on 7C investors. Trapped in my mansion I’m a fan of Osborne and his handling of the...

VCT investor seminar

NVM VCT Seminar, November 2014

A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is probably the best tax-efficient investment after pensions and your house. I was a big fan until Gordon Brown’s pension reforms around 10 years ago meant...

Weekly roundup for UK DIY investor

Weekly Roundup, 2nd December 2014

Closet trackers part 2 Today’s weekly roundup begins as do so many with Merryn’s column in the FT, where she followed up on last week’s piece about active funds, and...

US Stocks for UK DIY investors

US Stocks for UK DIY Investors

I have not been a direct investor in US stocks since the dot-com boom (or rather the bust) in 2000, but there have been significant advances in trading technology since...

World Money Show

World Money Show London, November 2014

A couple of weeks ago I made it over to the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre opposite Parliament, for the annual World Money Show London. It’s a two-day event which...